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How Weight Affects Foot Health

How Weight Affects Foot Health

Weight affects your foot health, just as it does the rest of your body. You probably already know people who are obese are more at risk for conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and more. But, weight affects the health of your feet and ankles, just as it does your heart and lungs. In fact, weight can significantly cause bad things to happen to your feet before you actually realize what’s going on.

How Weight Affects Foot Health

Weight affects your foot health in more ways than one. In fact, the Institute for Preventive Foot Health found in a survey a full 51 percent of respondents say the rated foot health as only “fair” and “poor.” Additionally, other research confirms such findings.

The fact of the matter is, your weight does affect the health of your feet. For example, when you carry more weight than your body frame can naturally support, it puts excess pressure on your heart and lungs. But it also puts more strain on your legs, hips, knees, ankles, and feet.

A prime example of the effect of weight on your feet is your natural walking gait. When you are obese, it alters the way you walk. And, a change in your gait will follow eventually. This causes unnatural pressure on your feet, which in turn can cause other problems.

What’s more, excess weight affects your foot health because now those appendages are at increased risk for strain and bone fractures. Plus, problems with the knees, all of which might need serious treatment to fix